Cadillac CT6 Future In North America Depends On UAW Negotiations Outcome

General Motors may have given the Cadillac CT6 a new lease of life in North America by extending production at the Detroit Hamtramck facility until January 2020, but what happens next is anyone’s guess.

As it turns out, the automaker is willing to keep the model in its lineup. Cadillac president Steve Carlisle has revealed in an interview with Road&Track that this depends on how the ongoing negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union turn out.

According to the Carlisle, anything beyond January 2020 is “tied up, to a great extent with [United Auto Workers] negotiations.” As things stand right now, GM will shut down the Detroit-Hamtramck plant at the beginning of next year, effectively discontinuing the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala sedans.

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2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

GM’s contract with the UAW runs out in mid-September, and talks to ratify a new labor agreement begun last month. The automaker does not seem keen to drop the CT6, however, as the luxury sedan serves as a flagship for Cadillac. The tech-laden model was only introduced in 2016 and recently received its first facelift for the 2019 model year.

Still, this likely won’t stop GM from using the threat of closing Detroit-Hamtramck as leverage in the negotiations with UAW. But even if the plant is shut down come January 2020, that does not necessarily mean the CT6 will be dropped from the U.S. market as The General has already said it was considering building the luxury sedan at another plant or importing it from China.

2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

However, the latter option seems unlikely in light of the ongoing trade war between the two countries. It looks like GM is keeping its cards close to the chest at the moment regarding the fate of the CT6 in North America as it juggles with the UAW negotiations and the ongoing restructuring efforts.

One thing is certain, though: the CT6 will live on in China, where it is very popular.

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  • EyalN

    GM is a Chinese brand. they don’t care about building and selling cars in the US

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      So does this apply to all manufacturers who build cars in China, or you just deploying your selective outrage for GM?

      And in case you don’t have this data, here are the non Chinese brands who build cars in China: BMW, Fiat, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Peugeot Renault, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen

    • db

      I’m quite sure if you were one of the employees or neighboring businesses to the plant, you would feel quite differently.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Historically, i would agree with this statement. But under Mary Bara’s leadership this practice has changed.

    It’s going to take YEARS for public perception to match whats actually happening at GM tho…they did this to themselves.

    • Afi Keita James

      yep, GM should be ashamed of themselves for all of this.

  • WalthamDan

    Keep the Impala production going too and perhaps, gee I don’t know, ADVERTISE IT for once.

  • charlotteharry57

    I’ve seen a ton of new CT6s (and Impalas) lately. Dropping the CT6, so new in it’s lifespan, should cause MAJOR backlash from GM shareholders (if they’re paying attention; doubtful). Oh, that’s right, GM now has shareholder meetings by internet and not in person because they’re running scared.

  • Ben

    I’ve been seeing a CTS V around my area. Its intimidating! Something with the CT6’s design has always seemed…off. I dunno what specifically. Maybe the front. It has such a wide face with such beady little lights(relative to the car’s width).

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      If you’re in Charlotte it might be me.


  • Bo Hanan

    Well, let’s hope the Union wins….

  • Patrick

    The refreshed CT6 looks amazing. Finally saw one on the road. So it is the unions that are causing it to go away.

  • Martin Benett

    First, eliminate two-thirds of all the executives because the company is still too top heavy, then slash the remaining executives total compensation by four-fifths to get them in line with the executive compensation of the foreign auto companies that have been making money in the U.S. for the last 40 years. Then you will have money for R&D to make cars people want.

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